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Apr 29, 2009 - Guatemala: San Marcos

Last weekend we visited San Marcos, another small town on Lake Atitlan, which is more relaxed than San Pedro with loads of alternative medicine places. However, the weekend we went was the town’s annual festival which means a massive party, massive sound system and heaps of drunk guys dancing around to marimba music. Was a good break from studying and some luxury away from our parents! (host family).

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Apr 29, 2009 - Guatemala: San Pedro and Lake Atitlan

We have been studying Spanish in San Pedro on Lake Atitlan for a week and a half. After six weeks of not doing much, sitting in classes each day has been very challenging! Luckily we have found a rather patient teacher who puts up with us drifting off a little and coming in hungover at times. We have also been living with a local mayan family in a pretty basic house which has given us a good view of the way people live here, although unfortunately the family had a habit of speaking mayan rather than Spanish at meals as it is their first...

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Apr 20, 2009 - San Pedro La Laguna, Lake Atitlan

After our brief time In Panajachel, we headed off across the Lake to San Pedro La Laguna, where we had booked our next hotel. Now of course, we're not on the group tour and are travelling independently, so first there was a bit of a walk with our luggage down to the lake shore and the waiting boats. There plenty of people were keen enough to get us on a boat to San Pedro, so it wasn't a problem. The only issue was the price - which we agreed before we got on, but then they upped once we were on, with our bags loaded - but that's Guatemala...

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Apr 18, 2009 - Panajachel

After flying to Guatemala City on Saturday evening (business class via El Salvador (business class, for whatever reason was the cheapest - and we enjoyed it, even though the flight was short and Anita felt like a big kid as her feet didn't touch the floor in the big seats!), we drove to Panajachel on Lake Atitlan. We had organised a private transfer in advance for this as it was too late at night for the public shuttles and we needed to get to Panajachel to make the Chichicastenango market the next day. The drive was meant to be about 4...

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Apr 17, 2009 - Guatemala: San Pedro

Updates are a little slow but better than never I guess! We left Semuc on April 8 to head to Lake Atitlan, a beautiful and enormous lake in Guatemala surrounded by volcanoes, to a small town with lots of hippies and long term travelers called San Pedro. We were hoping to arrive in time for one of San Pedro´s full moon parties, unfortunately when we got there we found it was being held in another village on the lake so didn’t make it. Deciding we needed some luxury (i.e. king bed and cable) we booked a nice place on the lake run by two...

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Mar 5, 2009 - Hospitalito Atitlan

Hospitalito Atitlan So we are in our fourth week here in Santiago, Atitlan. The hospitalito (“little hospital”) was built with much fanfare in April 2005. A mere 5 months later, Hurricane Stan came and brought deluvian rains on this area. The side of a nearby mountain crumbled away and caused a massive mudslide, killing approximately 2,500 people, and destroying the new hospital. In retrospect, the people here realized that this was a known mudslide area that had been destroyed many times over throughout time. People rallied together, and...

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Mar 4, 2009 - Santiago, Atitlan, Guatemala

Sorry for the long silence. Don’t worry , the Emblads are still alive! We arrived in our home Santiago a month ago. This is where we will be for the next 3 months or so. Santiago is dirt poor and lacking in so many of the fundamental things we take for granted.... grocery stores, sidewalks, effective police, good schools etc... Few can afford paint for their houses so though Santiago is set on the coast of a beautiful lake nestled in between 3 volcanos it looks a bit like bombed-out Lebanon from afar. The lack of color on the buildings is...

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Feb 28, 2009 - Gorgeous Guatemala!

(To see these photos up close, run your mouse over the bottom left corner of the slideshow and click on Guatemala. This...

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Feb 11, 2009 - San Pedro la Laguna

Mas tarde Lisa, Zeti y yo fuimos a San Pedro en una lancha. El pueblo es bonito pero más turista. El día siguiente Lisa empezó con su trabajo de evaluación. Lisa trato a dar su cuestionare a mujeres y hombres en el pueblo, pero Lisa se realizo que la gente no tiene bastante confianza en ella (porque ella es demasiado diferente que la gente), y no quieren rellenar la cuestionare. Angélica vino a ayudar mas tarde.

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Jan 27, 2009 - Casa de Bobolop

El lago de atitlin es probablemente el lugar mas bonito que he visto en toda mi vida. Lisa y yo llegamos a la laguna después de un viaje largo (4 buses) . Luego, tomamos una lancha a la casa de Bobolop. Tenemos una reunion con el, y después preparamos almuerzo juntos . Fue delicioso. En la reunion hablamos del trabajo de la proyecto y que yo voy a hacer en este mes . Decidimos de objetivos para mi.

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Nov 15, 2008 - Settling In

The last couple of days have been great as I have really started to settle in to San Pedro. After waking up pain free I made my way to the spanish school and met some of the staff who were all very nice, and a short time later someone from the family I am staying with came to pick me up. I was asked if I wanted to start my spanish lessons today or tomorrow, and after much deliberation I arranged to come back at 2pm for my first lesson and I was off to see my new room and meet my Guatemalan family. About five minutes and a very steep hill...

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Nov 7, 2008 - San Pedro to San Marcos la Laguna

November 7th, 2008 I got up at the crack of dawn to go hiking. It was a beautiful morning. I met Sara, whom was also traveling with Sonia and Karrie. Small world, she grew up on Madiera Island (where my folks are from) and visits her family quite often. She currently works in London. We waited for the rest of the group to show up and off we went with our guide. So, I don't know what my brain was thinking when it signed up for the hike. I'm out of shape and have been in confinement for 2-3 weeks...yeah...I can hike up a mountain...whatever....

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